Black Elephant Vintners,

The Back Roads Bakenshoek, Grenache

Coastal Region,South Africa,


    Bottle size: 750 ml,

    In stock

    If you are not a Rosé drinker but wish to hang with the party crowd then this maybe your way in.

    Very widely grown in Spain, Garnacha is bot often seen on its own but blends, South Africa and Australia seem to be heading the single varietal charge for this grape.

    Category: SKU: f52854cc99ae
    In The Cellar
    All our fruit are hand-picked and chilled in our cold room overnight. The following day they are destemmed and transferred to 500kg fermentation bins or barrels for fermentation. We do not crush our berries, and 25% whole bunches are added to each ferment. 30mg/l SO2 is added at this stage, and no other chemical additions (acid, enzymes or tannins) are made. The grape must is allowed to macerate for 3-4days before fermentation starts spontaneously. Fermentation lasts for 7-12days at a maximum of 28°C. To extract colour, flavour and tannin from the grape skins, the must is mixed by hand 2-3 times daily according to extract and tannin development. A short post-ferment maceration is allowed to soften and focus tannins. At this stage, the wine is drained and the skins pressed using our old basket press and transferred directly to the barrel for malolactic fermentation and maturation. After completion of malolactic fermentation, the wine receives a racking to remove solids and an SO2 addition before being laid down for a 18months maturation period. At this stage, the final blend was assembled and allowed to mature for a further 6months before bottling. The wine received no fining and a light filtration before bottling, decanting is recommended within the first 3-5 years. The wine was matured for 24 months in used(5-8year old) 500L French oak barrels.

    In The Vineyard
    The fruit for our The Back Roads Grenache Noir was selected from a single vineyard growing on “Bakenshoek Farm” in the Franschhoek Valley. The vineyard grows in beautiful decomposed Table Mountain sandstone which results in smaller more concentrated berries.
    This wine has a light red colour with a dark purple rim, and the nose leads with aromas of fresh strawberry, potpourri and cracked pepper. The palate is structured and shows flavours of strawberry-dried herbs and a dry, savoury finish. Decanting recommended.